Biography

 

Ernesto Martinez Jr. He arrived in the US on the Cuban Freedom Flights at the age of 5 with his parents and grandmother who went into exile after the Cuban revolution.  Even though his family arrived in this country without knowing the language, jobs or money, they saw opportunity and the American dream.

 

His parents always emphasized education. He attended public schools and graduated from Miami Senior High with Honors.  He received the Henry King Stanford Academic Scholarship to attend the University of Miami.  While in college, he worked for the University’s Bursar while also working as an accountant in the family business.   He also was a founding member of the University of Miami Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.  He graduated with honors with an accounting degree from the University of Miami.

 

He studied law at the Ivy League Columbia University in New York City.  While attending law school he worked as a security guard and interned with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the New York City Law Department.

 

Ernesto became an attorney in 1987 and is a Certified Public Accountant with a Master in Taxation.

 


Our Professional Profile

 

Education:

Florida International University, School of Accounting, Miami, FL, Master of Science in Taxation, 1997

Columbia University, School of Law, New York, NY, Juris Doctor, 1987

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, B.B.A. Cum Laude 1983, Major: Accounting


 

Experience

 

Elder Law Partners
Ernesto Martinez, Jr., P.A., Coral Gables, FL
1998 – Present
Managing Attorney/Shareholder

Trusts & Estates, Tax, Probate, Guardianship,  Elder Law, Trust Administration, Estate & Gift Tax Planning, Probate and Trust Litigation, Real Estate, and Business.

Estate Planning using wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, credit shelter trusts, family trusts, special needs trusts, family limited partnership agreements and other estate planning documents. Representation of high net worth domestic and international clients.  Handling transactions with foreign trusts, companies and trustees.  File and manage guardianships for incapacitated and minor wards and beneficiaries.  Coordinating and communicating with other advisors in the estate planning team, including accountants, bankers, wealth advisors, insurance agents, financial advisors and attorneys.

The March Management Co., Inc., Coral Gables, FL

1990-1998

Vice-President & General Counsel of national real estate, investment, energy and asset management company and affiliates Residential Advisers, Inc., and Commercial Advisers, Inc. (investor servicer for investors in private equity funds or limited partnerships).     

Responsible for communications with the high net worth accredited investors and their tax and financial advisors. Negotiated and closed the acquisition of a Boston based syndicator with interests in over 150 partnerships and over 1,700 investors.  Negotiated the purchase and sale of limited partnership interests and companies.

Equinox Solar, Inc., Miami, FL

1988-1989

Legal Counsel for public solar equipment manufacturer.

Responsible for the legal, regulatory, and tax issues of the company.

Represented company in commercial and financing litigation.

Frates Bienstock & Sheehe, Miami, FL

1987-1988

Associate

Commercial, estates, tax and communications law.

Sample Community Leadership Activities:

 2010 – Miami-Dade County Committeeman, Building Better Communities Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the Building Better Communities General Obligation

Bond program; 2007 – Chairman, Town of Cutler Bay, Charter Review Committee;

2006 – 2008 – Vice President and Board Member, University of Miami Hurricane Club; 2006 – Vice President, Cutler Bay Business Association; 2005-2006 – Councilman, District 15, Miami-Dade County South Bay Community Council and Community Zoning Appeals Board; 2005- 2006 – Member, Miami-Dade County South Corridor Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee; 2000 – 2002 -President, University of Miami Greater Miami Alumni Club; 1998 – 2000 – Treasurer, University of Miami Greater Miami Alumni Club.

Licenses:

Member, Florida State Bar, admitted 1987

Member, Southern District of Florida, admitted 1991

Member, United States Tax Court, admitted 2000

Certified Public Accountant, Florida, 2001